A ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, officially went into effect in New York state on Monday.
An interest group representing upstate towns is researching whether it is possible for some municipalities to secede from New York state and join Pennsylvania, according to a published report.
A method of pulling natural gas from deep underground has faced increased scrutiny in New York State.
The New York State Assembly voted Wednesday to suspend until 2015 any action on allowing gas drilling using fracking.
The New York City pension funds hold more than 11 million shares of Exxon stock. Now the funds and City Comptroller John Liu have called on the oil company to release data about its fracking operations.
The Siena Research Institute poll released Monday says voters statewide were split 40-40 percent when asked if the Department of Environmental Conservation should lift a 4 1/2-year-old moratorium on fracking.
It’s the one political hot potato Gov. Andrew Cuomo dodged in both his budget proposal and his State of the State speech — to frack or not to frack.
A poll suggests New York voter sentiment has shifted from support of shale gas drilling to opposition by a narrow margin.
An unreleased state report found potential health impacts from fracking are addressed in the Department of Environmental Conservation’s regulatory plan, making a separate health impact study unnecessary.
New York State environmental regulators have asked for another three months to finalize new gas drilling rules so that a study of the health impacts of practices such as fracking can be completed, an agency spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The deadline was set for next week for the state to complete its review of hydraulic fracturing, a process that uses water and chemicals to extract natural gas from the earth.
Lawmakers have approved legislation that bans hydraulic fracturing byproducts created in other states from entering New Jersey.
A bill passed the Assembly Environment Committee that would limit the treatment, disposal, and storage of the waste water from the controversial procedure, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.
New York is considering allowing hydraulic fracturing in the Catskills. “Fracking” is a controversial method of drilling for natural gas beneath shale rock.
Environmentalists say gas drilling risks contaminated water wells and air pollution. The industry says those fears are exaggerated and that the process been used safely on tens of thousands of wells.